The Caledonia Agricultural Society was founded in 1873 making us the oldest organization in the community. We sponsor the Caledonia Fall Fair. The first fair was held on Edinburgh Square and moved to the present fairgrounds in 1878. Fairs exist under a provincial statute called the Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Act which grants us incorporation as a not for profit organization. To maintain this privilege, we are required to promote agricultural awareness and rural life. We are also a member of the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (O.A.A.S.) which oversees the 222 fairs in Ontario.
The Fair Board comprises:
— Board of Directors
— Committee Members
— Junior Members
— Honorary Members
The Board of Directors consists of 27 Members elected by Committee Members. The Board, in turn, elects the Executive. The Executive includes the following: President, 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents, Past President, Homecraft President, Homecraft 1st Vice-President, and Homecraft Assistant to the Manager. Members are awarded the status of Honorary Member if they have served on the Fair Board for a minimum of 20 years.
To provide a venue to educate, entertain, enrich the agricultural experience and showcase accomplishments and opportunities.
Sustainability through reflection, innovation, relevance and community collaboration.
The health and well-being of the Caledonia Agricultural Society is achieved through a balanced application of its core values. It is the expectation that these core values will be used in the everyday practices of the organization.
Striving for Excellence
Relevance to the Community
Benefits of Fair Membership
It's not all work! When you join the Fair Board you become part of the "fair family", a dynamic group of over 200 members. You will learn new skills, make lasting friendships and add to the vibrancy of the community.
Other benefits include:
Admission to the Fair
Volunteer Insurance Coverage
Free Midway Bracelet (approximate value $35) for family members if membership requirements are met.
Annual Membership Fee of $10
4 General Meetings are held per year (last Thursday of January, April, August and October) - minimum attendance at 2 meetings is required
Join at least one of the many committees on the Board. Choice of committees depends on vacancies
Volunteer Time Requirement - during Fair Week — minimum of 8 hours in addition to Committee work
The Fair is not Just Four Days
Activities throughout the year include a variety of work bees:
our Ghost Tours — Creepy Caledonia
the operation of the Riverside Eatery at fairground events such as the Rodeo and Caledonia Light Up Night.
In addition to Fair week, members are requested to volunteer a minimum of 8 hours throughout the year.